In the spirit of year end reflections, I thought it would be appropriate to look back on the remarkable year the DFW startup community has had—and I mean remarkable in its truest form: worthy of notice or attention. Each year our ecosystem grows exponentially and at this year's State...

Described as “the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare,” Global Entrepreneurship Week has racked up some very impressive worldwide statistics: 157 Countries participated 11,101 organizing partners 28,363 activities 8,285,533 participants (Data collected from...

One of the themes for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 (GEW) is youth entrepreneurship. Below is a personal essay written by Gautam Bhargava on his experience as a youth entrepreneur.   --------- *Disclosure: I recently put together SATUS, a program oriented towards youth entrepreneurs. The following post is...

The following is an editorial by Skyler Fike. It was my first year of high school—circa 2001—and as a course requirement, the freshman were obliged to take a class on leadership development. Mrs. Carpenter taught us all the essentials for making a good first impression. Shake...

A storm has been brewing over the etiquette of email introductions. I have many thoughts on the matter since my world revolves around making and receiving introductions. It’s how community grows. When I make an introduction, I use the following technique: To: People being introduced. Subject: Intro. Message: Hey X...

Always incubating. That was the constant theme when I met with the Andres and Carrie Fabris to pick their brains about what worked and what didn’t during the early stages of startup Traxo, a Dallas-based mobile app that organizes travel plans and accounts. An industry couple, Andres and Carrie met...

My entrepreneur and I were blessed to have had amazing pre-marital counseling. One of the key lessons that we learned was the importance of non-negotiable goals or standards. During one of our sessions we were asked to come up with three non-negotiable standards, things that were so important to us...

Elon Musk and Hyperloop, Venture Capital, Churn Rate, Hedonism. What are you saying to me? My entrepreneur husband and I come from very different backgrounds to begin with. Now in addition to keeping up with his philosophical musings, we have the challenge of the jargon associated with the entrepreneurial...

With Dallas Startup Weekend: Women around the corner, Launch DFW is highlighting female entrepreneurs and innovators during the month of May. Below is a recap by Jeanne Spreier of the Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by UT Dallas for the next generation of female leaders.  This sounds like a recipe...

It's that time of year when college students everywhere are looking for summer internships and career opportunities after graduation. More and more young people are lured by the appeal of working in a startup: flexible schedules and offices with ping-pong tables, kegerators, and lack of formal...

Each year there are topics that dominate the panels at SXSWi. In 2014 it seemed like everyone was talking about millennials or diversity (specifically gender diversity) in technology. While those are areas that still warrant conversation, this year's panel discussions and presentations seemed to focus heavily on culture in...

One of the things that sets Launch DFW apart from traditional media outlets is its sense of community and collaboration. I met Bradley Joyce and Rachel Gilliam long before joining Launch DFW as editor and it seemed that whenever there was a conversation happening in the...

Your CFO should be your BFF. You’ve charged this person with managing the financial health of your empire and just like being someone’s best friend forever, this too is a huge undertaking. Chances are the person you’ve hired seen his or her fair share of...

I get to talk to some really great startups, y'all. We have so many generous, creative and seriously intelligent entrepreneurs in our community, and you work hard. Entrepreneurs also work a lot. And when you're trying to accomplish everything under the sun, it's a little hard to focus....

"That which is simple can still be hard." You should only take other people’s money to maximize opportunity. If taking $1M can get you to $1B market, go get it! But if you are hoping to find $50,000 before you quit your day job, “IDK”. Know the difference...

This is a guest post by Sammy Abdullah, cofounder of the Dallas Angel Network. Every time I first meet with an entrepreneur, at some point I’ll hear a permutation of the following sentence: “what we’re looking for are strategic angels that can bring real expertise and...

Every month, we see a headline that reads something like, “TV is Dead. Technology X Will Completely Disrupt the TV Business Model.” Yet here we are. Although somewhere between 15-20% of Americans say that they are going to drop or downgrade their pay TV service,...

Back in high school and college, I spent my summers working for my dad and the family landscape supply business. While most of my friends sat around all summer, I was working outside stacking brick, bagging mulch, or condensing pallets of material. Pretty sure I...

By Michael Walsh – Founder Cariloop, HealthSparx, Health 2.0 Dallas You ever been in one of those situations where you know you’re supposed to do something but have no idea why?  You trust your gut, so you go for it, but you spend days, months, maybe...

**NOTE** - This post originally appeared on my personal blog and sparked a great discussion. I felt it was also appropriate to repost here to the Launch DFW community.   I've had this blog post sitting in the hopper for months and I've been debating if I should post...